What a Ryder!


I just finished reading three posts about Sunday's journey and, as usual, they are eloquent because they are from the heart. Thanks to Denise, Steve, and Siobhan. Here's what I have to contribute:

I have powered my way up mountains, endured cold and rain, ridden through the clouds, and pushed my body to the limit. Am I enjoying the ride? Hard to believe, but yeah. There's no way you can do it if you don't. It's too hard, it's too long, it's too demanding. If I was hating it every moment I wouldn't be here.

Sure there's hard moments and you're suffering and you'd rather be other places, but the rewards you get back from persevering, that's what keeps me here and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Now as much as that echoes my sentiment, those are not my words. Those are the words of Ryder Hesjedal as he prepares for his best ever racing result and a legitimate chance to be the first Canadian to win the Giro D'Italia.

It lends perspective to our own pursuits. We too are trying to win something. We too are making sacrifices and pushing ourselves beyond limits that we thought we could endure. A lot of things have to go right for us to realize our dream but make no mistake; if we all pull together we will win our battle on June 23rd. We will continue to win battles thereafter until eventually we will win the war.

Like Ryder we will sense when we are close. Those waves of negative emotion we experienced by reflecting on the horrific losses we have endured will turn to shouts of elation.Just as John and Yoko declared "War Is Over" we will together declare: